Established in 1985, the mission of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is to evaluate, acquire, organize, preserve, and make available materials that promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond. The Avery Research Center opened in 1990 and became affiliated with the College of Charleston due to efforts undertaken by alumnae of the Avery Normal Institute. The Center accessions printed material, manuscript records, and artifacts that supports its mission and has collections from the 19th century to the present, with collections documenting Civil Rights, labor movements, education, and church records.
Located at 125 Bull Street, research hours are from 10 am to 12:30pm; 1:30pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Note: As of September 2020. Due to concerns for COVID-19, the Avery Research Center will be closed to the public until further notice. Remote/virtual archival and library assistance is available. Any in-person assistance is by APPOINTMENT ONLY and AFTER a virtual consultation. Please call 843.953.7609 to arrange an archival appointment.
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